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Can virtual visitation reduce stress in custody cases?

Child custody can be hard to discuss when you're trying to manage all the emotions that you're already going through during a divorce. Even though you're aware that you're going to have to share time with your child, it's hard to imagine them not being with you every day.

Fortunately for parents today, there are many options for virtual visitation that can help ease the pain of the transition from having a child every day to every few days or a few times a week.

3 child healthcare concerns after divorce

Parenting in a post-divorce family often requires thinking outside the box. After all, if you share parenting duties with your former partner, you must be sure to consider his or her concerns. When it comes to your child’s healthcare, though, you may face additional challenges. 

Even under ideal circumstances, healthcare in the United States can be complex and tough to navigate. Dealing with insurance providers, doctors, hospitals and specialists can seem like a full-time job. When you add in your child’s best interests and the viewpoint of a co-parent, you are likely to have your hands full. Rather than letting anxiety get the better of you, consider the following healthcare concerns for your post-divorce family: 

Why is coping with divorce so important?

Divorces are hard on everyone involved, which is why you need to make sure you put yourself first. Whether you're totally caught off-guard by the idea of getting a divorce or you're just upset that it's happening to you, your emotional and psychological health has to be taken care of.

During a divorce, there are lots of difficult decisions to make. There are things that could influence your decisions, too, like guilt or anger. That's why it's necessary for you to take steps to feel your best when you're handling divorce-related decisions.

A court can enforce your child support order

Having enough money to eat, getting to wear new clothes to school and having a reasonable home to live in is what children deserve. Sometimes, their ability to have these simple things is limited because one parent won't pay support.

If a parent won't pay the support they owe, the other parent is in a bind. They must go through the court to have the support order enforced. Of course, this does take time. In the event that the other parent isn't working or is evasive in other ways, it can still be difficult to obtain support.

Changing your child's school after divorce: Factors that matter

When you and your spouse divorce, one of the things you might need to consider is changing your child's school. Both of you may find that you need to move to a new home or apartment due to downsizing after divorce, for example, and you'll need to work out how to continue to manage your custody plan and keep your child in school.

Sometimes, staying in the same school isn't possible. For example, you might take a job in a nearby district, but your ex-spouse might take a higher job offer an hour away. In that case, you may need to talk about several things to determine who should have custody during the school year.

Prepare in advance to make your divorce easier

Divorce isn't right for everyone, and before you choose to divorce, you have to make sure you're positive that it's what you want. Many people feel that divorce is the only option to make their lives better, but there are some questions you need to consider before you file your divorce petition.

To start with, you should ask yourself if you are financially stable enough to go through the divorce. Do you have your own savings, bank accounts or credit cards to help you get through the divorce if your shared accounts are locked? Do you have somewhere to go or a place to live if you suggest a divorce to your spouse? You need to prepare far in advance if a divorce is what you want, or you could find yourself strapped for cash and struggling to get by.

Effective parenting in your post-divorce family

While divorce is often a heart-wrenching process, it may be the best option for you, your spouse and your children. Still, divorce may take a toll on your kids’ emotional wellbeing. By focusing on being a good parent, you help your kids adjust to a new way of life. 

Going through a divorce can be challenging for anyone. If you have children, though, your divorce may be downright frightening. Fortunately, you do not have to leave your parenting to chance. With some effort, you can likely make the transition easier for your kids. Here are four ways to parent effectively in your post-divorce family: 

Why is child support required in shared-custody scenarios?

Child support is important in situations where parents share custody and in situations where one has limited visitation. While every situation is slightly different, child support is typically provided regardless of the amount of time the parents share with the child or children. Even if both parents share custody evenly, support can still be sought.

Many people don't think that's fair, because it doesn't make a lot of sense. If you both have your child half of the time, then you're both supporting them, right? Well, things can be more complicated than that.

Divorce conflicts: Getting through to your ex

It is hard to deal with conflicts when a relationship is over. You may not want to see your ex-spouse, and it may be your priority to put any conflict to rest as quickly as you can. You just want to finalize the divorce, so you can move on with your life.

You're not alone in feeling that way. Many people get frustrated with conflicts that arise due to trouble coming up with a separation or settlement agreement. If this sounds familiar, then you may want to look into a few options to resolve your disputes.

Can you seek retroactive child support?

For a long time, your ex-spouse failed to pay any child support. Now that your child is older, the payments are finally being enforced. Your biggest issue with this is that your child has missed out on years of support from the other parent.

The thing you should know is that you can seek back child support payments. There is no reason why a parent should get away with not making payments just because they didn't want to or didn't seek modifications. Child support is ordered by the courts and must be paid unless other arrangements are made.

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